Africa map by Google with a little help from Bugbog.
Africa map: wildlife safaris
If you want a wild time on this continent then ensure that the company you choose knows what it’s doing.
It may be tempting to go for the very cheapest option, since wildlife safaris tend to be costly, but if your guide doesn’t know where to find the cool animals, how to get you close to them or or how to protect you from them you could end up without pictures, bored, gored or lion lunch. You choose.
The map links to several countries where wildlife roams free. Kenya and Tanzania are famed for the mass migration of wildebeests, zebra and attendant predators across the Serengeti and Masai Mara but safaris are still well worthwhile during the dry season.
Madagascar is the place for unique and charming little lemurs and chameleons.
South Africa for its many user-friendly self-drive wildlife parks.
Botswana for watery Okavango Delta experiences. We haven’t been there so can’t comment.
But most of all the Bugcrew enjoyed Namibia’s Etosha reserve where staggering numbers of animals are easily viewed from self-drive cars or water holes adjacent to rest camps in northern Namibia.
Mother and offspring ring-tailed lemurs in Berenty, Madagascar.
One of my favourite memories was hanging out with Lemurs of all kinds in Berenty reserve, as well as trying to spot chameleons and climbing baobab trees. Oh and watching my plane (an old DC-9) landing on a primitive air strip while substantial flames blew out of both engines.
Safety in Africa
In spite of suffering various incidents in Africa I still love the place. There was a mass attack of soldier ants in Ghana (it was a good thing one of our party was smoking as that’s the best way to get them off your back, snap their bodies off, then apply burning cigarette to the neck to open the huge pincers without tearing); a deadly snake bite (the fangs were not quite long enough to reach my bloodstream); a scorpion sting ( hurt like f*** but not dangerous); a death threat from my guide in Mali when I told him I was dissatisfied with his service (the police took him away eventually); two motorcycle accidents in Egypt (one led to a bizarre court case in front of wildly excited Egyptians where at no point was I informed of my charges and when the judge asked me “Are you innocent?” I did not respond with the obvious “Of what?” I said “Yes” and was released immediately.
Tip: when things are going your way in Africa don’t ask questions, enjoy! And if things go wrong stay calm, polite and slip the nearest, most senior policeman a generous ‘gift’!
Still…cautious travellers would probably do well to focus on Africa’s highlights: I would suggest individuals can manage perfectly well in Morocco, Egypt, Namibia, South Africa, Zanzibar. Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Madagascar and perhaps Mozambique wildlife safaris would be better done as a package due to logistic challenges of finding and following the wildlife along with some local security concerns.